Ford has commenced output of new Ford Mondeo Hybrid, which is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine backed by an electric motor and 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. Considered as the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe, the Mondeo Hybrid could return 67.3 mpg (combined), 100.9 mpg for urban driving – emitting just 99 grams of carbon of dioxide per kilometer travelled.
Roelant de Waard, vice president for Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford of Europe, remarked that the Ford Mondeo Hybrid offers “the best of both worlds” – improved efficiency and reduced emissions of electric power, and the range and performance of a conventional powertrain.
He said the addition of the Mondeo Hybrid to its lineup means that customers will have more options to choose from to optimize running costs. The latest variant of the Mondeo, which has been a good-seller since it was launched in 1993, is built at Ford’s state-of-the-art Valencia site in Spain.
Its pricing is as competitive as Mondeo diesel powertrain variants, allowing Ford to stay true to its promise of providing a number of choices. Ford will start selling the all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid (four-door saloon) in the United Kingdom in ar a starting price of only £24,995.
The all-new Ford Mondeo is the first Europe-bound model underpinned by the carmaker’s new global CD-segment platform. It is also the first model to employ Ford’s new integral link rear suspension configuration for enhanced levels of refinement and dynamism.
The all-new platform and body structure of the Mondeo is complemented by the Electric Power Assisted Steering system as well as an optimized anti-lock braking system that could make stopping distances shorter by over a meter from 100 km/h (62 mph).
Koesters remarked that the all-new model could be the most responsive and versatile Mondeo so far, thanks to its body structure that is 10 percent stiffer than the previous generation as well as to its handling-enhancing technology like Torque Vectoring Control.
To deliver higher levels of strength, safety, lightness and sustainability, the all-new Ford Mondeo employs sophisticated materials and production techniques. For instance, the Mondeo is the first in the auto industry to make use of hydro-formed high-strength steel, as applied for its A-pillars, B-pillars, and roof rails. The inner tailgate structure of the new Mondeo is also made from magnesium, making it around 40 percent lighter than its traditional steel counterpart.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost Mondeo features a body structure that is lighter by up to 115 kg, thanks to a recycled Front Energy Absorber, which allows the vehicle to comply with pedestrian protection regulations both in the United and Europe.
Compared to the previous generation 1.6-liter EcoBoost Mondeo, the new-gen 1.5-liter EcoBoost Mondeo is around 25 kg lighter, and approximately 80 percent of weight savings were used to inject new technologies that allow the car to consume less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide as well as offer better levels of safety and comfort.
Koesters quipped that the weight saved during development of the Mondeo has been re-invested into several features like fuel-saving aero-shields and Auto-Start-Stop technology, comfort and convenience elements as well as a stronger body structure. Koesters added that the strength of safety relevant areas has been increased by 40 percent, with the resulting safety performance verified through thousands of computer simulations and over 180 real-world crash tests.
The body structure of the all-new Mondeo makes use of 61 percent high strength steel while the roof structure employs bake-hardened steel to make it lighter by 0.5 kg further.